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Unmodulated Carrier Recovery

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by matt111111, Nov 26, 2014.

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  1. matt111111


    Nov 26, 2014
    I am working on a carrier recovery design and have been experiencing issues. I have attached a block diagram of the design for reference.

    The primary issue is that PLL#3 does not lock continuously. This PLL will intermittently lock and is displayed by the lock detect indicator pulsing on and off.

    The general operation is: an unmodulated carrier is transmitted by another device and received at the antenna and designated F1. This signal is then down mixed to approx. 450 KHz. The 450 KHz signal is used as the oscillator input on PLL#3. PLL#3 controls a VCTCXO which is used to provide the appropriate reference clock for PLL/VCO#2.
    In order to achieve the initial lock we are working on the premise that the VCTXO will be at a max or min frequency limit when PLL#3 is not locked due to the tuning output being railed high or low. The objective is to lock the VCTCXO to the device that transmits the unmodulated carriers TCXO.

    Can anyone confirm the general theory/operation of this design is correct?


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  2. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    why are you retransmitting the received unmodulated signal ?
    seems pointless
  3. KrisBlueNZ

    KrisBlueNZ Sadly passed away in 2015

    Nov 28, 2011
    It might help us understand your question if you started by explaining the overall purpose of the project, as broadly as possible.
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